- Written by Andrew Younger
Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan feels the weight of expectation will prove too much for Alan Pardew.
Speaking on The Footballers’ Football Show on Sky Sports, Jordan feels that the new eight year contract handed to Pardew does not necessarily mean he will remain at the club until 2020.
‘My forecast for this season was that Alan Pardew will be one of the first managers to get the sack. The expectations of the Newcastle fans will get to such a level after last year’s performance that the team will not be able to sustain it.’
Indeed, Newcastle have started this season slower than last, but owner Mike Ashley has decided that Pardew is the best man to take the club forward and for the first time in his ownership, he has provided a manager with long term backing.
Despite this, Jordan feels that an eight year deal does not represent long term backing.
‘I don’t think it is an eight year contract, I think the contract will be covered with termination clauses that are based upon a period of time where somebody might have to pay up for failing, which is ultimately why managers get sacked. Today, a manager is judged by his last result.’
The hierarchy at Newcastle are singing from a very different hymn sheet though. Managing Director Derek Llambias feels the Premier League has proven over the years that stability is key when developing a football club.
‘There is no coincidence that Manchester United with Sir Alex being there over 25 years has created stability and with that has come success, and along with Arsene Wenger stability has come with success.’
As for the man himself, Pardew was quick to announce that he is on the same page as the Newcastle fans; telling The Evening Chronicle that HE is the right man to deliver a trophy to Tyneside.
‘If I don’t believe we can break into the top four and Champions League and win a trophy, then we have no chance but trust me, we can.’